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December 28, 2013
Since Steve Lopez's first column last week on Carmen Mendoza - the Bell Gardens mother who endures 15-hour workdays and rides up to nine buses a day to shuttle her children to high-quality but distant schools - more than two dozen readers have written to express their awe at her dedication to her family. Some told of how Lopez's most recent column on Wednesday - a follow-up piece reporting how reader Hector Delgadillo and his employees bought Mendoza a family car - moved them to tears.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014
Join Times columnist Steve Lopez for an L.A. Now Live chat Monday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of sidewalks and streets in Los Angeles. He will also be taking reader questions on a variety of issues. Lopez has written recently about the sorry state of many of the sidewalks in the city and the several millions of dollars paid out annually to those who have filed claims against L.A. after tripping and injuring themselves. It's what Lopez calls a pedestrian vs. pavement problem.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2005
Points West columnist Steve Lopez has the day off.
OPINION
February 7, 2014
Re "10 speeds to L.A.'s future," Column, Feb. 5 Kudos to Steve Lopez for giving bicycle commuting a try. I started using my bike when gas hit $4.50 a gallon (the first time). It was a little nerve-racking as I dealt with drivers who didn't seem to notice me. I started wearing loud colors, got lights for my bike and persevered. I found a few safer routes and kept a schedule. Many of the regular drivers recognize me on my way. I obey the laws, signal my turns, stop at stop signs and lights, and don't weave in and out of traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
The public artist who planted cutouts of Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry and John Wayne along Highway 2 in the Glendale area has struck again. On Saturday, while my daughter played Little League baseball at the Glassell Park Rec Center, I noticed a row of giant white letters on the hill above the field. GLASSELLLAND Clearly, someone must have figured it was time for the eastside neighborhood to one-up Hollywood. But who could it be? This was quite an installation, with letters standing 10 feet high.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
This just in: Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been hired to replace Dodger manager Don Mattingly and will also take over as West Coast adviser for Cheetos. In other new jobs Villaraigosa has lined up on his recent cash acquisition sprint, he will become weekend weather anchor on KCAL-9 beginning Saturday, and also help manage the fallout from the Bank of America mortgage fraud judgment. OK, I made it all up. But I almost didn't have to. USC announced Friday that Villaraigosa will be a part-time professor, the news coming the same week as the announcement that Villaraigosa will be an advisor to the global PR firm Edelman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
In his Wednesday column, Steve Lopez said it's time for public employee unions to make concessions. Lopez said he believes strongly in unions but the times require compromise: For more than half of my 38 years in the news business, I've been a member of a union, though I'm not currently. And my late father was a proud Teamster for decades. So I appreciate the goods that unions deliver to nearly 15 million members in the United States: living wages and good benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014
Join Times columnist Steve Lopez for an L.A. Now Live chat Monday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of sidewalks and streets in Los Angeles. He will also be taking reader questions on a variety of issues. Lopez has written recently about the sorry state of many of the sidewalks in the city and the several millions of dollars paid out annually to those who have filed claims against L.A. after tripping and injuring themselves. It's what Lopez calls a pedestrian vs. pavement problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Steve Lopez
So now that U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has announced his retirement, who will replace the longtime D.C. insider and Westside liberal, an influential player on healthcare, environment, tobacco and other big issues in Congress for four decades? Too soon to say, because Waxman's announcement seems to have caught a lot of people, including allies, by surprise. What's certain is that California, and Los Angeles in particular, will lose some clout in Washington, where seniority is a ticket to influential posts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013
There is no longer enough room in Los Angeles County Jail to house inmates diagnosed with a mental illness in a segregated area, so those inmates are being housed with the general population. Join us for an L.A. Now Live chat at 9 a.m. as we talk with Times columnist Steve Lopez about what he witnessed when he toured the jails. Sheriff  Lee Baca  has said for decades that he runs the nation's largest mental hospital, but we've heard it so often that the shock has worn off. We know there's something inexcusably wrong with the system - something backward and inhumane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | Steve Lopez
From the beginning, the five-month standoff between city officials and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's largest public employees union has been all about politics. And the op-ed in today's Times , by IBEW Local 18 boss Brian D'Arcy,  is more political play than explanation as to what he and his henchmen have done with $40 million handed over to two nonprofits he oversees. Seventy-five percent of the money has gone to training and safety programs and 25% to administration, D'Arcy said in “clearing the air.” INVESTIGATION: DWP controversy OK, but what kind of training and safety?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Steve Lopez
So now that U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has announced his retirement, who will replace the longtime D.C. insider and Westside liberal, an influential player on healthcare, environment, tobacco and other big issues in Congress for four decades? Too soon to say, because Waxman's announcement seems to have caught a lot of people, including allies, by surprise. What's certain is that California, and Los Angeles in particular, will lose some clout in Washington, where seniority is a ticket to influential posts.
OPINION
January 28, 2014
Re "Homeboy Industries is a struggling success story," Column, Jan. 26 While Steve Lopez was interviewing the inimitable Father Gregory Boyle last Wednesday, two of his Homeboy Industries success stories were guiding 50 kids from Venice High School's POPS club around the premises, telling us the stories of their rebuilt lives. In two hours, our students - whose lives are touched by prison, with a parent or another loved one inside - were changed forever. The moment we stepped off the bus and the kids recognized rival gang members and saw them shaking hands, working side by side, their eyes, ears and hearts expanded.
OPINION
January 24, 2014
Re "Law may be Thomas legacy," Column, Jan. 22 Thanks to Steve Lopez for addressing the ills of our society and not merely the symptoms. The death of homeless man Kelly Thomas in 2011 after a violent assault by police officers, and the subsequent acquittal of two of those officers, remind us of a larger context in which we are all players. After reading Lopez's thorough examination of the problems that feed tragic outcomes like this one, I am reminded of my deceased brother and my son who, because of disease and disability, were often relegated to the margins of society.
OPINION
December 28, 2013
Since Steve Lopez's first column last week on Carmen Mendoza - the Bell Gardens mother who endures 15-hour workdays and rides up to nine buses a day to shuttle her children to high-quality but distant schools - more than two dozen readers have written to express their awe at her dedication to her family. Some told of how Lopez's most recent column on Wednesday - a follow-up piece reporting how reader Hector Delgadillo and his employees bought Mendoza a family car - moved them to tears.
OPINION
December 22, 2013
Re "On the bus, goals in sight," Column, Dec. 18 Eight or nine buses every day? A 15-hour day? What an incredible and inspiring family to read about, especially at this time of the year when we should be grateful for what we have. Carmen Mendoza is grateful, and that's why she embodies all that is positive. Her efforts show that people can achieve their goals - but that it isn't necessarily easy. I wish I could promise never to complain again about my 45-minute drive to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Family members are frantically searching for Mike Farrell, a 75-year-old Frazier Park resident who was released early Tuesday morning from the L.A. County Jail and may not be competent to find his way home. Farrell was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence, but his attorney said results of an alcohol test were negative and his family said he may have suffered a seizure. "Mike is...an epileptic and appears to be in early Alzheimer's," said Maureen Doherty, the missing man's sister.
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April 24, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Remember when Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, "I knew Jack Kennedy. . . . Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy"? Well, I felt a little that way when it came to reviewing "The Soloist." I could back up and write all this in the reviewer's traditional third person, but that feels disingenuous. After all, I do know Steve Lopez, whose wonderful Los Angeles Times columns and later book about his unlikely friendship with a gifted but deeply troubled street musician started everything.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Family members are frantically searching for Mike Farrell, a 75-year-old Frazier Park resident who was released early Tuesday morning from the L.A. County Jail and may not be competent to find his way home. Farrell was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence, but his attorney said results of an alcohol test were negative and his family said he may have suffered a seizure. "Mike is...an epileptic and appears to be in early Alzheimer's," said Maureen Doherty, the missing man's sister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
This just in: Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been hired to replace Dodger manager Don Mattingly and will also take over as West Coast adviser for Cheetos. In other new jobs Villaraigosa has lined up on his recent cash acquisition sprint, he will become weekend weather anchor on KCAL-9 beginning Saturday, and also help manage the fallout from the Bank of America mortgage fraud judgment. OK, I made it all up. But I almost didn't have to. USC announced Friday that Villaraigosa will be a part-time professor, the news coming the same week as the announcement that Villaraigosa will be an advisor to the global PR firm Edelman.
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